India failed to counter a lower-ranked West Indies team in the first ODI of the three-game series as the hosts recorded a stunning batting outing to chase 287, getting a 1-0 lead in the series. It wasn’t an ideal day for India, but two positive points for the men in blue came in the form of batting performances of young batting stars Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
The maiden half-century of the wicket-keeper batsman was particularly a pleasing sign as the management sees him as the future of India. Coming to bat in a tough situation when India was 80-3, the explosive batsman batted with a lot of method and purpose to form a crucial 114-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer.
Rishabh Pant in action against West Indies in the first ODI in Chennai
Doing so, the 22-year old batting sensation mustered 71 runs while consuming only 69 balls. To ameliorate the pace of the innings, Pant used the aid of 7 fours and a solitary six, which also swelled the charm of his innings. The Haridwar born was elated to contribute valiantly towards his team’s cause and vowed to keep working hard to hone his skills.
Pant further said that there’s nothing like playing your natural game and pulling it off in Chennai helped both him and India. Therefore, he is focused to repeat this mantra in the forthcoming ODI games as he is aiming to help India win the ODI series against the maroon jersey.